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Talking HART with Executive Director Andrew Robbins

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A face to face meeting with Federal Transit Authority over the revised financial recovery plan for Honolulu’s rail project is expected to happen in April.

It is the largest municipal project in Hawaii history. The price tag has mushroomed to an estimated $9 billion dollars--almost twice than what was initially projected.

Federal investigators have subpoenaed documents dating back to the initial construction of the guideways.

And this month mixed signals from our lawmakers-- the state being asked to move away from requiring annual reviews of invoices and now the city council asking for a forensic audit of the project.

Add to that one of HART board members is calling for the project to end at Middle Street and not to continue on to Ala Moana.

Should we be nervous about the prospect of not getting additional federal funding?

Joining us today is Andrew Robbins, Executive Director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. He took over a year and a half ago.

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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